make-and-break-1WBMNL offers Make ‘n Break Workshops that focus on the operation and maintenance of traditional marine engines. Our workshops combine hands-on technical training with informative discussions exploring the history of make and break engines and their contribution to the evolution of traditional wooden boats.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to traditional marine engines including different types of engines and their component parts
  • Troubleshooting, maintenance and tune-up including long-term and short-term storage of engines, proper fuel mixtures and firing system operations
  • Historical overview of make and break engines in Atlantic Canada


We offer a flexible curriculum that can be adapted to suit your needs and interests. To find out more contact Frank French at (709) 583-2432 or via email

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